Parties urged to include special groups in activities
Political parties have been asked to involve special interest groups in their activities.
A recent survey shows that inclusion of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in political parties was still inadequate and there also exists significant legal gaps for their participation.
According to a report by The Oslo Centre (TOC) titled, ‘Walk the Talk’, A critical analysis of the legal framework on the inclusion of SIGs’, there is still low commitment to ensure these groups are fully part of the political processes, which calls for urgent intervention measures.
TOC Country Director Phoebe Mungai said findings show increased inclusion despite two-thirds gender quota and inclusion of 5 per cent for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) not being met.
“We need more participation of persons with disabilities in political processes. As political parties are recruiting members, we need to see how many persons with disabilities have joined the parties and how they are being supported,” said Mungai.
She was speaking in Nairobi during the third dissemination of findings of the report targeting media and PwDs as one of the forums meant to help differentiate stakeholders understand emerging issues from elections and design appropriate advocacy interventions.